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Media Releases

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RSPCA ACT Achieves 90% Rehoming Rate for Canines and Felines in 2016/17

RSPCA ACT had another outstanding year for animal welfare outcomes, surpassing expectations again. During the financial year, 4063 domestic animals came into care at the Weston shelter. This number is very similar to last year’s statistics. However, the various species that made up these totals were different including: 68% increase in incoming poultry compared to last year because of Inspector activities, and nearly twice as many poultry (349) adopted as adult dogs (188); 9.5% decrease in incoming kittens and 7.6% reduction in overall felines – first decrease in 5 years after two years of a f

RSPCA ACT’s 30th Successful Animal Ownership Ban

Last week RSPCA ACT Inspectors obtained their 30th successful Animal Ownership Ban and the second prison term for animal cruelty charges in three years. RSPCA ACT is welcoming the sentence handed down by Magistrate Boss last week regarding a Staffordshire Terrier named ‘Cooper.’ Cooper was hit by a car and his owner, Ms Charie O’Reilly, neglected to seek medical treatment for his injuries. A friend of Ms O’Reilly’s took it upon themselves to bring Cooper to a vet in the Woden area. The vet then got in contact with Ms O’Reilly regarding the dog’s injuries. On examination, the dog had a fracture

ACT Greyhound Muzzle Law Repealed

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ACT Greyhound Muzzle Law Repealed RSPCA ACT would like to congratulate the ACT Government for repealing the enforcement of the Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) of greyhounds in the ACT. Previously by law, greyhounds needed to be muzzled when in public unless they went through a special assessment program. Furthermore, there was a restriction on the number of greyhounds that could be walked at the same time. RSPCA ACT CEO Tammy Ven Dange was happy with the news , “This recent tri-partisan decision has shown that our ACT Government is once again leading the country for animal welfare standards.

200+ Animals Taken from Ainslie Residence

In the early afternoon of Thursday 9 th February, RSPCA ACT Inspectors responded to a complaint regarding a large number of animals at a property in Ainslie. Upon arrival, the Inspectors found hundreds of poultry, rabbits, guinea pigs and a cat at the suburban residence. Despite the high temperatures, many of the cages lacked basic food, water and shelter. The majority of the animals were lethargic and overheating with signs of cannibalism amongst the chickens. Many of the animals were in cramped conditions sharing small cages. RSPCA ACT staff members worked late into the evening to provide ve

RSPCA ACT Inspectors Desperately Seeking Public Assistance

RSPCA ACT Inspectors are seeking information from the public in relation to a female Australian Silky Terrier that was located with disturbing injuries in the Duffy area on 19/12/16. Following a veterinary examination, RSPCA ACT is concerned about how these injuries occurred. If you have any knowledge about an incident involving this dog, please call Senior Inspector Catherine Croatto on 0407 078 221. All information provided will be dealt with in a confidential manner.

Home for the Holidays: $99 for any adult dog or cat!

RSPCA ACT is currently bursting at the seams with cats and dogs desperately seeking a happy and loving home for the holidays and beyond. To help them find their Christmas miracle, our Weston Shelter is reducing the adoption fee from tomorrow for ALL ADULT cats and dogs to $99 until Christmas Eve. RSPCA ACT CEO Tammy Ven Dange shared her Christmas wish , “We have a number of animals that have been waiting at the Shelter for more than two hundred days. All I want for Christmas this year is to ensure that these pets can share this holiday season with their new families. Come on Canberra! Bring th

Shane Van Duren Pleads Guilty to Animal Welfare Charges

On 11 November 2015 RSPCA ACT Inspectors arrived at a Deakin residence after complaint was called in regarding the welfare of a dog at the premises. It was raining heavily and a large Wolfhound cross dog was sighted lying on its side in the rear yard. He was lying in mud, clearly unwell, fully exposed to the elements with no shelter available. When called the dog made an attempt to lift his head but was unable to do so. As it was obvious that the dog was in need of immediate veterinary care the decision was made to seize it. Another dog, a black Shepherd was also sighted in the yard. As the re

Secretary of Defence Dennis Richardson Named RSPCA ACT Patron

RSPCA ACT is excited to announce the appointment of our new Patron, Secretary of the Department of Defence, Dennis Richardson AO. Mr Richardson was asked to fill this important role due to his and his wife, Betty’s long standing commitment to RSPCA ACT and animal welfare in general. Mr Richardson’s willingness to accept a patron role continues to demonstrate his love of all animals. Mr Richardson started his career in the Public Service in 1969 and has worked in a range of different roles including Principal Adviser to the Prime Minister, Ambassador to the United States and Director-General of